Geographical Society of Philadelphia


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The Geographical Society of Philadelphia sincerely thanks all partners and friends. Past and current supporters  include:    The Frederick and Colette B. Heldring Charitable Fund – for their continuous support of GEO’s educational programs.  American Philosophical Society  Pyramid Club Philadelphia   The Union League of Philadelphia  Historic Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Preservation[…]

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Exploration Through Cultural Exchange – PEOPLE/PLACES/PERSPECTIVES

The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world. The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration, and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.

Early in 1891, the eminent Curator-in-charge at the Academy of Natural Sciences invited interested men and women to join him in forming the Geographical Club of Philadelphia. A year later, Professor Angelo Heilprin (1853-1907)‘s new science club had over a hundred members from many walks of life. (“Society” replaced “Club” in 1897). The Charter of April 1893 summed up ambitious goals: the advancement of the science of geography and of geographical studies and exploration; the recording of discoveries; and the presentation of researches.

Members and friends of the @geosocietyphila celebrate being together simply because we love #Philadelphia and love to learn from each other by sharing our experiences, having fun, and continuously learning. Cultural exchange doesn’t get any better than this! Join us!

Coming Up 

A World Premiere on JUNE 14, 2022 – GEO’s 130th Legacy Event Honoring the Explorer of the Year Leon McCarron at Penn Museum 

Visit the Middle Eastern Galleries with the Museum’s docents, and listen to Leon’s presentation in the Harrison Auditorium followed by the cocktail reception in the Egyptian Gallery.

Meet Leon, who will sign copies of his previous publication, “The Land Beyond”, available for purchase at the event.

Leon is sharing his journey exclusively with our guests before the release of his book, film, and multimedia site titled, Wounded Tigris: A River Journey Through the Cradle of Civilization, which will be made public in 2023.

Leon McCarron is an award winning writer,  broadcaster and explorer from Northern Ireland.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Abraham Path Initiative and the Geographical Society of Philadelphia’s Explorer of the Year, and is known for long-distance expeditions and immersive multimedia storytelling. In the past decade he has travelled over 50,000km by human power, and is currently based in Iraq.




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